It has been announced that the PlayStation 4 launch will be accompanied by a re-launched PlayStation mobile app.
In a post on the official PlayStation Blog, SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida has discussed how the redesigned PlayStation app will act as a companion to the next-gen home console, allowing you to “take the PlayStation experience with you”.
The app will be freely available for iOS or Android and include features such as comparing trophy counts, messaging and reading the latest PlayStation news.
“There are a variety of things you can do with it. You can connect to your PlayStation profile and send messages — even voice messages — to friends between your smartphone and PS4,” explained Yoshida.
New features of the app allow far more social interaction including the ability to view captured footage and live streaming gameplay. If you like the game you are watching you can click through to the integrated mobile store, confirm your purchase, and voilà – it’ll be waiting for you when you get home.
Perhaps most exciting feature is that the new PlayStation app features its own native “PS4 Link”, which will be open to everyone, from AAA to indie.
“There are many big publishers creating their own apps for their games, like Watch Dogs or Battlefield, and that’s great” Yoshida commented. “But smaller developers can use PlayStation App to connect to PS4 and load an application, like drawing software for example, so that you don’t have to download and install a specific app on your smartphone. It’s open to all PS4 developers to use.”
Yoshida has since tweeted confirmation that the PS4 Link functionality will be coming to the PlayStation Vita as part of the next system update, excellent news for those who might be considering a PS4 / Vita bundle this Christmas.
The PlayStation Mobile App is expected to land here in the UK around the last week in November, ready for the PlayStation 4 launch November 29th.